Tekis by Gómez

Tekis by Gómez. NubeOcho, 2021. 9788418599033

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Format: Hardcover graphic novel

What did you like about the book?  Three girlfriends (the Tekis) display their inventing and planning skills in this Spanish-language STEM-themed graphic novel. The “girls” (actually a rabbit named Oli, a cat named Kat, and a girl with green hair named Ada) experiment with prototypes that brush their teeth or tie their shoes. A proposed trip to Mars sets them to designing a spaceship and they end up making friends with an alien. The creative and silly artwork is brightly colored, with simple shapes sporting thin black outlines. The panels are large (mostly 4 per page) with easy-to-read large text bubbles and lots of visual humor. The “spaceship” resembles a funky motorhome and the cute ET is sort of a bug and slug mash-up.

Anything you didn’t like about it? My bilingual high school seniors (from the Dominican Republic) struggled a bit with the language and grammar. We guessed that the author was probably not Latin American; we were confused by the use of the formal “vosotros” and some of the words. The plot, too, was a bit hazy for us. Even though the art was quite adorable and we liked the idea of girls doing coding and robotics, we did wonder if there was a mismatch between the very young-looking art and some of the STEM vocabulary.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Those looking to expand Spanish-language graphic novel collections. Readers looking for a STEM-light adventure that values grit and persistence over scientific accuracy may enjoy this one.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer: Susan Harari, Keefe Library, Boston Latin School, Boston, MA

Date of review: April 10, 2022

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